Garry Rogers has taken the covers off the Holden Commodores Garth Tander and James Moffat will race in this year’s Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.
The team revealed its fresh look at major sponsor Wilson Security’s new headquarters in Essendon Fields, Melbourne.
Wilson Security, PAYCE and Valvoline continue as the squad’s primary sponsors as it transitions from factory Volvo team to privateer Holden runners.
Today’s launch also saw GRM confirm its co-driver pairings for the Pirtek Enduro Cup, as reported here.
Rogers today spoke of his pride at the team’s efforts since it entered Supercars back in 1996.
This year marks not only a move back to Holden following three years running the Volvos, but also the return of Tander after a 12-year stint at Walkinshaw Racing.
Tander’s stint with the team between 1998 and 2004 included winning the 2000 Bathurst 1000 alongside Jason Bargwanna and finishing second in that year’s drivers’ title.
The West Aussie’s start at GRM came after its foundation driver, Steven Richards, made a mid-season move to join Nissan’s British Touring Car outfit.
“It only feels like yesterday that I had Steve running around in a VS Holden Commodore and a year later Garth and Bargs,” reflected Rogers.
“Along the journey we have helped develop some of our country’s leading drivers and have watched them come and go and for 2017 come again!
“I am really, really pleased to have Garth back at GRM to hopefully finish his career where it all began.
“Of course the past three seasons with the Volvo and particularly Scotty (McLaughlin) will in years to come provide me with many fond memories, but so do the late ‘90s and early 2000s when we were competing head to head with the HRT (Holden Racing Team) powerhouse and winning Bathurst.
“2017 sees GRM’s return to racing Holdens. Of course I am disappointed that we couldn’t find a resolution with Volvo that would see us race the S60 and this disappointment is more for my people who put so much time and effort to design and build such a competitive car.
“They should be all very proud of their achievement with what they did in such a short period of time with the Volvo.”
GRM’s Commodores will hit the track for the first time at Sydney Motorsport Park on Tuesday.